St. Francis Behler Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay 2003

Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California

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Winemaker's Notes

Behler Vineyard, our estate vineyard in the heart of Sonoma Valley, provides the majority of grapes for this rich, flavorful Chardonnay. Its volcanic rock and loam have provided St. Francis with grapes of balance and integrity for all our previous reserve Chardonnay vintages.We hand-pick the fruit at its peak, then ferment it in French oak barrels with 100% malolactic treatment. After aging nine months, with frequent stirring of the lees,we select only the finest barrels for our reserve blend.The finished wine has a bouquet of tropical and exotic fruits fragrant with new oak and vanilla. On the palate, the fruit flavors are fully concentrated, and the texture is rich and buttery, supported by balanced acidity and concentrated mouthfeel.

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St. Francis Vineyards & Winery, located in the heart of Sonoma County, produces big, bold, full-bodied wines that over deliver on flavor. Each wine is made from 100% hand-picked, Sonoma County fruit and are direct expressions of winemaker Tom Mackey, whose philosophy calls for "maximum extraction, minimal interaction."

St. Francis achieves critical acclaim from the wine media who refers to it as The House of Big Reds. Among its many accolades, St. Francis was recently named International Red Wine Maker of The Year by the London International Wine Challenge.

Learn About Sonoma County

Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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